Thorsby fireworks show moved to Labor Day

Published 4:07 pm Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Thorsby’s rained-out July Fourth fireworks show will instead be held on Labor Day, Sept. 1, it was announced Monday at the Thorsby Town Council meeting.

The originally planned show and July Fourth program, which was scheduled for July 2, was cancelled because of inclement weather.

Mayor Jean Nelson told the council Monday that the process to obtain a permit prevented the show from being rescheduled closer to July Fourth, so it was decided to hold the show on the next holiday.

The fireworks show will begin at nightfall on Sept. 1.

It wasn’t immediately known whether the planned July Fourth program, which includes prayers and performances by town church groups and more, would be held on Labor Day or if the event would be limited to the fireworks.

Look for updates in the newspaper and at closer to the event.

The council also heard about another change in plans.

A resolution was passed in June to increase sewer tap fees to more closely match neighboring municipalities. However, Nelson told the council she learned from the Alabama League of Municipalities that it is unlawful to base the fees on the amount of work necessary.

Instead, the council unanimously approved a motion to adopt two rates: $600 for an existing tap and $1,500 for a new tap.

Councilman Neil Benson was absent from the meeting.

In other business, the council:

•Adopted an ordinance regulating the “staking” of dogs outside of residences, a situation in which a dog is chained or roped to a stake in the ground, tree or some other object to keep it in place. Thorsby Police Chief Rodney Barnett proposed the ordinance, saying the practice creates a safety hazard for police officers and other public workers.

•Was updated about an effort to slow traffic at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Franklin Street, near Richard Wood Park. Motorists have run the four-way stop at the intersection, causing wrecks, and the council has discussed how to make the impending stop more clear to drivers. A caution light and a “stop ahead” message placed on the road in the form of “meltdown strips” were discussed as options. Public Works Director Terry Jackson said he would look into options and costs and report back to the council.

•Heard from Jackson about the town’s expected need for a new garbage truck in the coming months or years. Jackson said an automated truck could be more efficient than the town’s current system. Automated trucks feature mechanical arms that empty containers, reducing the number of workers needed on a route from three to one. Council members expressed concern about automated trucks being as effective in rural areas as they are in subdivisions, and also the cost to purchase an automated truck and the containers that would be necessary for its use.

•Held an executive session for about 15 minutes that included the council and Jackson.

•Approved paying bills due, with any necessary transferring of funds.